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Abraham Nieva De La Hidalga

Dr Abraham Nieva De La Hidalga

Research Associate in Data Management & Software Development (with Prof Richard Catlow)

School of Chemistry


Dr Abraham Nieva de la Hidalga currently collaborates as a research associate at the UK Catalysis Hub. He is currently involved in the design and development of the Catalysis Data Infrastructure and the Catalysis Research Workbench. Additionally, he is collaborating in the ESPRC funded development of the Physical Sciences Data Infrastructure, a project led by the Scientific Computing Department of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

His main research interests relate to the development of advanced research infrastructures. In previous projects he has worked supporting Biodiversity Research (BioVeL), Natural History Collections Digitisation (ICEDIG), Chemistry (UPP-Portal) and Environmental Research Infrastructures (ENVRIplus).

He actively looks to collaborate on research project related to the development of tools and platforms for e-Science, Data Science and applied AI.






  • Constantin, A., Nieva De La Hidalga, A., Hardisty, A. and Atkinson, A. 2018. Using persona as lenses for a reference model. Presented at: HCI '18 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference, Belfast, UK, 4-6 July 2018HCI '18 Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference. ACM Digital Library: BCS Learning & Development Ltd., Swindon, UK, (10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.138)





Book sections

  • Nieva De La Hidalga, A., Hardisty, A., Martin, P., Magagna, B. and Zhao, Z. 2020. The ENVRI reference model. In: Zhao, Z. and Hellström, M. eds. Towards Interoperable Research Infrastructures for Environmental and Earth Sciences - A Reference Model Guided Approach for Common Challenges. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 12003. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Professional, pp. 61-81.





From my PhD and trough my post-doctoral work I have been intrested in different aspects of software engineering.

I have research experiend on business-oriented systems for electronic tendering, e-mail filtering and end user workflow composition tools. In the area of e-science, I have undertaken reserach in a wide range of topics including requirements engineering, development of components, creation of easier user interfaces, analysis of the design of large e-infrastructures and improvement of data management and processing practices.

I am currently interested in research about the development of tools and platforms for e-Science, data science and applied AI.


I graduated from univeristy in 1998 and worked in the public and private sector in different development roles before comming to the UK for postgraduate studies. As a result, I have over 20 years of experience in software development of desktop and web-based applications, using technologies such as: Java, Python, C#, Visual Basic .NET, ASP/ASPX, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, SQL (MySQL, SQL Server, ORACLE).
After graduating from my PhD I started working in research in the areas of software engineering, web services, e-business, e-science, development patterns and software product lines. I have been working in research for more than 12 years.
During and after my PhD I also acquired teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Professional memberships

•    National Researcher Candidate SNI CONACYT Mexico 2015-2018.
•    Member of the British Computer Society (Since 2019).

Academic positions

The following list includes the last five posts I've held

  • 2019-09 to present: Research Associate in Data Management and Software Development at UK Catalysis Hub
  • 2016-01 to 2019-08: Research Associate at School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University
  • 2015-01 to 2015-12: Postdoctoral Research project, Universidad Politecnica de Puebla, Mexico
  • 2014-08 to 2014-12: Full time lecturer, Computer Science, Universidad Politécnica Metropolitana de Puebla, Mexico
  • 2014-06 to 2015-11: Part time lecturer, Teaching Methods, Instituto Multidisciplinario de Especialización de Puebla, Mexico